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Mary's Semi-Monthly Update 11-30-18

posted Nov 30, 2018, 12:11 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Stone Soup

Thank you to everyone who helped our Stone Soup event by contributing vegetables and/or volunteer time.  It was a lovely day for all involved!


Storyline – Pioneering in Benthic Territory

We have now started our Pioneering in Benthic Territory storyline unit.  Students have been creating characters (their “alter ego”) that they will pilot through our created ocean environment.  They have also been creating the back stories for their characters, exploring the reason(s) why they have decided to move from the “stack cities” to the ocean territory.  



All students have access to our shared drive for this storyline, so please ask your student to show you their documents and watch their character speak!



Electricity Unit

Having made their first circuits this week, many students were asking about the materials used in the activity so that they can make more:

- LED lights:  you can use either 3mm or 5mm lights in any color.  The best value for these lights is on Amazon where you can get a pack of about 500 lights in assorted colors for around $15.  You can also use special flat LED lights made by Chibitronics which are easier to handle, but are more expensive at $1/per light.

- Copper Foil Tape:  you need tape which is designed for circuits, so search for “copper foil tape with conductive adhesive”.  You can get approx. 80 yards for $12 on Amazon.

- Coin Battery:  use standard CR2032 batteries.  You can get multipacks on Amazon or at Dollar Tree.  

- Cardstock paper

- double-sided foam tape.


Based on what they learned this week, students can already build light-up greeting cards and pictures.  Once we learn parallel circuits and how to use switches in the coming weeks, they will be able to do more complex greeting cards, game boards, and room alarms.  We will also be pairing biology research on bioluminescent fish with making a light-up model of the fish. Then we will invite other classrooms in to view our Midnight Zone Aquarium.  



Field Trip to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Our class will be travelling to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on Wednesday, Dec 19th, to attend two special exhibitions – Plastic Entanglements and Elsa More - and to take part in a studio activity.   This event was organized by our wonderful art teachers, Melanie Germond and Pete Goldlust, for each of the Upper Elementary classes.  We will need 5-6 adult chaperones for this trip so please contact me if you would like to volunteer.



Drop-off and Pick-up in Front of the School

Yesterday another upset neighbor called at dismissal yelling about our families blocking the travel lane on W. Amazon. Do not stop in the travel lane and block traffic. If the line is too long circle around and come back or park somewhere legally and walk to pick up your student.



Volunteers Needed Around the School

The school is looking for volunteers to help with the following:

- Book Covering Volunteers:  If you are a detail oriented person who can cut a straight line, we would love to have your help! Contact the office or stop by to volunteer.


- Laminating Volunteer:  If you have laminating experience and/or are a detail oriented person, we would love to have your help. Contact Cynthia for more details and to volunteer.


- Marketplace Volunteers:  We still have 21 volunteer slots open! Six volunteers are needed on Friday, December 7, 3-5pm for set up, and 15 volunteer slots need filling on Saturday, December 8.



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

 

Saturday, Dec 8 Marketplace and Continental Breakfast, 10am

Monday, Dec 10 RCO Meeting, 6pm

Monday, Dec 17 Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Wednesday, Dec 19 Class Field Trip to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art


Mary's Bi-weekly Update 11-16-18

posted Nov 19, 2018, 12:51 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Parent Conferences

Thank you so much to parents who were able to attend conferences!  That is such an important way that we can work together to support your student.  Also, Jonathan and I will continue to process the great feedback we received from students and families. If you had a conference and still have questions (or you just have a question!), please do not hesitate to contact me (mary.bach-jackson@ridgeline.org).  



Barnes and Noble Book Fair

We will be doing the sketch "Mouse Woman and the Snails" at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair on Friday, November 16th.  It is VERY important that your student arrives for the event by 7:00pm at the very latest. Please note that there is road construction on I-105 so plan accordingly (you might want to investigate an alternative route).  We will meet in the toy area to the right of the store when you enter. Students should wear their Ridgeline Montessori t-shirts for the performance, if they have one, or a plain colored shirt.



Upcoming Study Units

After Thanksgiving we will be starting two new study units:  Pioneering in Benthic Territory, and Electricity. The Pioneering in Benthic Territory unit will be a Storyline adventure where the students create characters who will be setting up homesteads on the ocean floor.  This unit is inspired by the reading we are doing in the book Dark Life by Kat Falls.  So expect to hear stories about ocean farming, bubble fences, and taxation without representation in the coming weeks.  You might also hear requests for a copy of the sequel to Dark Life which is Rip Tide.


Our unit on electricity will involve learning about several different types of circuitry, switches, and electromagnetism, and then combining that knowledge with building useful and beautiful toys, tools, and art objects.  We will also be having a cross-over activity with our Benthic Territory unit when the students will research a deep sea creature with bioluminescence and then create an example of it that actually lights up to go on to our wall in the classroom!  We are currently in scrounge mode for some of the materials in our unit, so if you have any 9volt batteries, wooden paint stirrer sticks, or CR3032 coin batteries we could have, please contact me.



Stone Soup

Next Wednesday we will be celebrating our annual Stone Soup gathering.  In order to prepare for the event, we ask students to bring in some vegetables that we will be preparing on Tuesday to go into the soup pots on Wednesday.  I will be speaking to students about which vegetables they may bring on Friday. Then on Wednesday, we ask everyone to bring their own bowl and spoon.


Volunteering in the Classroom

We have an opportunity for volunteers to come into the classroom in the mornings from Monday to Thursday.  These times would be predominately working with students, however we do have materials-making jobs that could be done elsewhere in the building or at home, if you prefer.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me so that it can be arranged.



Birthday Bash

There will be no Birthday Bash in November since there is already a special community event planned, Stone Soup.



Weekly Report

There is no weekly report this week since it is such a short week and almost everything on the board is due next week.



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Friday, 11/16 Barnes & Noble Book Fair, be there by 7pm

Tuesday, 11/20 Vegetable chopping for Stone Soup

Wednesday, 11/21 Stone Soup

Thursday, 11/22 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving

Friday, 11/23 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, 11/24 Tree Sales Begin (see enews for details)

Wednesday, 11/28 Picture Re-takes (return your picture packets)


Mary's Weekly Update 11-2-18

posted Nov 2, 2018, 11:51 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Parent Conferences

Next week we will be doing Parent Conferences!  This is a very important time for parents, teachers and students to come together to discuss progress so far and address any questions people may have.  Since this time is focused on supporting students, please encourage your student to attend their conference. If you are unable to sign up for a timeslot on Thursday or Friday, please contact me to set up an alternative time.



Parent Education Opportunity: Helping Your Child Cope With Anxiety

Ridgeline is pleased to offer a parent education night focused on coping with anxiety.  We are fortunate to be able to partner with the University of Oregon’s Couples and Family Therapy Program.  Three experienced graduate students will be presenting on this topic. We’ve asked them to help us address some of the following points:

-What are developmentally appropriate tools for addressing anxiety?

-What is the appropriate language to use around this issue?

-When is it time to seek professional help for a child?

-What are symptoms that might commonly get overlooked?

-In a community, how might the kids help each other?     


This event will be held in the Ridgeline Library on November 6th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm.  Childcare for toilet-trained children will be available



Barnes and Noble Bookfair

This year at the Barnes and Noble Bookfair, we will be performing readers’ theater about some very famous explorers and their journeys.  So please plan on attending the bookfair on Friday, November 16th. We really hope to see you there!



Birthday Bash

There will be no Birthday Bash in November since there is already a special community event planned, Stone Soup.



Weekly Reports and Time Utilization

Lessons are carefully paced to ensure that we cover what we need to in the year so that students can be successful.  But this is a partnership and students need to meet us halfway by completing the follow-on assignments from lessons.  Many students have admitted to not using their time effectively in class, and so are not completing their assignments. Work that is not completed in the classroom is encouraged to go home and be completed there (where possible).  The Weekly Report sent out on Fridays details exactly what work your student has been assigned and the progress they have made on that work.


So please help your student to be successful by asking these questions each day:

- did you complete 3-5 works today?

(this guideline should ensure that they stay on top of their work)


- did you complete at least two pages of math today?

(there are usually four pages of regular math and four pages of review or geometry assigned per week).


There is always time built into the school day to complete assigned works, so it is up to the student to use their time efficiently.   Please encourage your student to use the Post-It Note Club if they need/want help organizing their work. Any unfinished work from the Post-it Note should automatically be taken home as homework (where possible).  



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Nov 8 No School – Conferences

Nov 9 No School – Parent Conferences

Nov 16 Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Nov 21 Stone Soup



Mary's Weekly Update 10-19-18

posted Oct 19, 2018, 11:22 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Visitors in the Classroom

Well, the first six weeks have gone by quickly!  We are now at the end of our “normalization” period, a time when we ask outsiders to refrain from coming into our “new” classroom communities so they have time to settle.  So if you have expressed interest in observing, volunteering or having lunch in the classroom, please contact me so that we can discuss arrangements. In addition, please complete a background check through the school office so you can get “green badged.”



Curriculum Sharing Night

There is an important event in the near future – Curriculum Sharing!  This is an opportunity for students to bring their family into the classroom to show off the work they have been doing and to bring some context to the stories they have been sharing at home.  We really encourage families to try to attend one of the two sessions on Wednesday, October 24th, from 3:05-4:05 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.



Birthday Bash

We will be having our monthly Birthday Bash on Friday, October 26th.  If you wish, you may send a snack for the whole class to share on that day.



Jog-a-Thon

Our Jog-a-Thon was a tremendous success (as well as a lot of fun)!  Our class contributed 677 laps to the school’s approximately 600 miles in total.  To date, this fundraiser has raised $9,185. If you still have additional monies that have been collected, please help your student to return their sponsorship forms to school as soon as possible.



Nit Picking

Please check your child(ren)’s heads for nits and live bugs regularly. Lice are tiny brown and gray parasites that can cause itching and scratching, especially in areas of the body that are covered with hair (typically behind the ears, near the scalp, and neck). You will be able to see the tiny lice eggs (called “nits”), which look like grains of sand attached to the hair shafts.  The Ridgeline office staff appreciates a courtesy phone call to alert us if your child has lice so that we may work with you to ensure progress is being made to eliminate lice from your life and help to reduce further spread. We ask that you treat your child and pick out all the nits before sending them back to school.



Assignments and Homework

Just as a reminder, students are always allowed to take work home, as long as they are using class time wisely.  However, each student is in charge of their own assignments and the act of taking work home. We will encourage, remind, and show them how to work the copier, but ultimately they have to get the work together and put it in their backpack.  If a student is doing Post-it Note Club with Jonathan, he will encourage them to take home any works left on their note at the end of the day. So if your student is bringing home work, please help encourage them to complete it and then return it to the classroom the next day.  Also, ask for the note from the Post-it Note Club if they are participating.



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Oct 8 RCO Meeting, 6-7:30pm (Sharon and Curtis will be discussing bullying)

Oct 11 Montessori Parent Education with Dr. Casquejo Johnston, 6-7:30pm

Oct 24 Picture Day

Curriculum Sharing Night, 3-4pm and 6-7pm


Mary's Weekly Update 10-11-18

posted Oct 15, 2018, 12:25 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Jog-a-Thon

We had a wonderful time participating in the Jog-a-Thon.  Our class completed an impressive 677 laps and the school completed approximately 600 miles in total that morning!  So please remember to help your student to collect monies and return sponsorship forms to school as soon as possible.


Workplans and the Weekly Report

The students are using a workplan that covers two weeks at a time.  Each two-week span is called a “period”. We generally refer to the first week of a period as “Week A”, and the second week as “Week B”.  At the end of each week (unless we are out of school on the Friday or there is a big event), they will bring home a Weekly Report detailing what works have been assigned that period, and the status of those works.  Any quizzes or tests are graded and I will include that score on the Weekly Report. Proficiency with the information being tested will be shown by a score of 80% or greater (unless otherwise agreed). If needed, a student will be asked to study some more and retake the quiz the following week.  Please note that the Weekly Report is my communication to you about how your student is doing!

 

If your student feels that they have turned in more work than is noted on the report, please encourage them to check the No-name File, their cubby and their mailbox.  If they do not find their work, ask them to come see me and I will investigate. If I have made a mistake, I will correct it!


The ultimate goal is to complete 75% or more of assigned works on a regular basis, but this is a process.  Please help your student to understand that their focus should be to keep trying to improve. I tell students to aim for completing 3-5 works a day and they should be right where they need to be.  So please have a conversation with your student about their work and then sign off the Weekly Report. You should also witness that your student completed their homework of 20 minutes of chapter book reading each night.  The signed report should be returned on the following Monday.


NOTE:  I will collect workplans from the students at the end of the day on Thursdays, so only work completed and turned in up until that time is checked off.  Completed works will remain in the classroom until the end of the school year and may become part of the student’s portfolio.


Assignments

I tend to split assignments into blocks of 30 minutes.  A page of math should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  A hands-on project may take several blocks of 30 minutes. I plan assignments so that they should balance out over the course of a two-week period.  If a student is efficient and focused in their work, there is time in the schedule for them to complete much or everything in class. Some projects are expected to be taken home, especially for 5th and 6th year students who are learning to take on larger assignments.


Students are always allowed to take work home, as long as they are using class time wisely.  Between 2:00 and 3:00 each day, students may make a copy of a SINGLE work to take home without even asking me.  If a student wishes to copy more than one work, they need to ask my permission. Also, work which requires special equipment would need to be arranged with me beforehand.


Now each student is in charge of their own assignments and the act of taking work home.  We will encourage, remind, and show them how to work the copier, but ultimately they have to get the work together and put it in their backpack.  If a student is doing Post-it Note Club with Jonathan, he will encourage them to take home any works left on their note at the end of the day. So if your student is bringing home work, please help encourage them to complete it and then return it to the classroom the next day.  Also, ask for the note from the Post-it Note Club if they are participating.


Attendance

You may have noticed that you are receiving a lot more communication regarding the importance of regular attendance.  This year we are beginning an attendance awareness campaign designed to increase awareness, educate, and ultimately improve student attendance at Ridgeline.  Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.


We believe:

  • that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently.

  • that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community.  

  • good attendance will not only build strong academics but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.


Thank you for learning and growing with us!


Montessori Parent Education Night

In this interactive workshop at 6pm on Thursday, October 11th, families will learn about Dr. Montessori's Planes of Development. After a short presentation, Dr. Casquejo Johnston will facilitate a discussion/workshop.  Families will leave the workshop with an understanding of the planes of development, how they can support their children and practical strategies and supports to build a Montessori home.


Dr. Casquejo Johnston is the Program Director for the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Saint Mary's College of California which offers both and Early Childhood and an Lower Elementary/Upper Elementary credential.  She has experience every facet of Montessori life - student, parent, lower elementary guide, director(principal) and now program director. Her greatest joy has been raising her children in the Montessori way and watching them become thoughtful, purposeful young adults.  Sofia is in her second year of a Master’s program in counseling focusing on college student services and Ben is a junior in the sport business program at University of Oregon...Go Ducks!


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Oct 8 RCO Meeting, 6-7:30pm (Sharon and Curtis will be discussing bullying)

Oct 11 Montessori Parent Education with Dr. Casquejo Johnston, 6-7:30pm


Mary's Weekly Update 5-25-18

posted May 30, 2018, 10:49 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Automata!

We just had another engineering challenge – automata!  This was a challenge that we had done once before, but several students had requested a repeat.  And once again, they rose to the challenge. They created many very imaginative and clever machines, and demonstrated several engineering concepts.  


Last Workplan!

This week’s workplan was the last that we will be doing this school year.  For the remainder of the year we will be focusing on our cultural work, art projects, and creating our year-end Portfolios.  We will also be completing the last of standard testing.


6th Years Hike with Middle School

All 6th years need to return their permission slip for the hike with the Middle School before next Friday.


Bike and Walk to School Day Raffle

Please remind your student to turn in their punch cards for walking and biking this month to the office by Tuesday, June 5th, before noon. We will have the raffle that day and there will be one prize per classroom.



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Tuesday!


 

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Monday, May 28             NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Thursday, May 31 Move Up Day Class Assignment Slips Sent Home

Friday, June 1                  Move Up Day 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Returning 6th years go on hike with Middle School

Monday, June 4               Dance-a-thon Pledges Due

Tuesday, June 5              End of Year Picnic 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 8       NO SCHOOL – Grading Day

Friday, June 8       Rummage Sale Item Drop Off 8-11 a.m. and 1-7 p.m.

Saturday, June 9             Rummage Sale 8-3:30 p.m.

Monday, June 11            Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser

Tuesday, June 12 Field Day 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 14          Last Day of School – Early Release 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, June 16           Ridgeline Night at the Ems 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, June 21 Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Mary's Weekly Update 4-27-18

posted Apr 27, 2018, 11:10 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Quamash Wetlands Planting Trip

We will be going on a field trip to the Quamash Wetlands site near Short Mountain on Thursday, May 10th, where we will be working alongside the Kalapuya High School students.  Together we will be planting a variety of native plants to help with the remediation of the site.  This will be an all-day, outside event. The bus will leave at 9am and return to Ridgeline by 2:30pm (free transportation is being provided by the Recreation Department for the City of Eugene).  Please ensure that your student is prepared for this trip by having:

- waterproof shoes or tall rubber boots

- light rain jacket

- sunscreen

- a large water bottle

- a healthy snack

- a snack lunch.


To be eligible to attend this field trip, we must receive both a signed Ridgeline permission form AND the Lane County Permission and Release form by Tuesday, May 8th.  Students who are not going on the field trip will be working in another classroom for the day.



State Testing

We have been doing “practice testing” this week to become familiar with the state testing interface and the new Chromebook laptops.  Actual testing will begin next week and run until the end of May. Please help students do their best by ensuring that they get plenty of sleep and a good breakfast.



Bike & Walk to School Month

May is Bike & Walk to School Month.  Today, we handed out punch cards to all the kids so they can keep track of how many days they bike and/or walk to school in the month of May (students can keep their cards at school or at home).  At the end of the month, there will be a raffle for all students who turn in their completed punch card. On May 9th, we are also organizing a bike train from Tugman Park leaving at 8am, and a walking train from The Annex (formally Crossfire) leaving at 8:05am. If you would like to bike or walk with your student, that would be great!



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Tuesday!


 

 

(please turn over for the Ridgeline Calendar)

 

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Monday, April 30 2018-2019 Supply Fee is due

Tuesday, May 1            RCO Meeting 6-7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 4                 NO SCHOOL – Professional Development

Monday, May 7             Staff Appreciation – write an appreciation for the tree

Tuesday, May 8             Staff Appreciation – write an appreciation for the tree

Wednesday, May 9       Staff Appreciation – bring a baked good for the staff

Bike Train from Tugman Park 8am

Walking Train from the Annex at 8:05am

Thursday, May 10       Staff Appreciation – bring a flower from your garden for staff bouquets

Thursday, May 10    Budget Committee Meeting 8:40-10:10 a.m.

Friday, May 11    Staff Appreciation – bring a dish for the staff lunch

Friday, May 11   Fundraising Committee Meeting 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Friday, May 18   Dance-a-thon 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 24   Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, May 28    NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Friday, June 1       Move Up Day 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Tuesday, June 5 End of Year Picnic 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 8         NO SCHOOL – Grading Day

Friday, June 8      Rummage Sale Item Drop Off 8-11 a.m. and 1-5 p.m.

Saturday, June 9   Rummage Sale

Monday, June 11    Mazzi’s Restaurant Fundraiser

Thursday, June 14 Last Day of School – Early Release 1:05 p.m.

Saturday, June 16   Ridgeline Night at the Ems 7:05 p.m.


Mary's Weekly Update 4-6-18

posted Apr 6, 2018, 9:20 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Track Town Pizza Restaurant Day

On Monday, April 9th come to Track Town Pizza at 1809 Franklin Boulevard for a day of Fundraising. Bring the attached flyer in and Ridgeline will receive 50% of the food purchased towards in-house or pickup (to-go) orders (only whole pizzas, breadsticks and salads count towards fundraising. No discounts allowed to maximize your fundraising efforts).  If you purchase a gift certificate, Ridgeline will receive 25% of the value of the gift certificate purchased. Both ways Track Town makes it simple and a great time to get together for a day of fundraising.


Upcoming Traffic Plans

There has been ongoing discussion regarding student and community safety and ease of traffic flow during drop off and pick up times. Site Council has designed (with input from parents and community neighbors) a new afternoon pick-up procedure in order to prioritize safety for our students as well as our community members. Fliers will be sent home soon explaining the details of the plan, but for now, we need some of our amazing family members to volunteer. We need several volunteers to help daily. One volunteer will be stationed at the driveway entrance to Ridgeline at W. Amazon to hand out fliers to drivers arriving before 3:05 p.m., outlining the new circle "airport" style pick up protocol. Two volunteers will be stationed at the corner of West Amazon and Rosewood Way to enforce no queueing on the street.  Beginning May 1, the pick-up circle will not be open for pick-up traffic until 3:05pm, allowing access to delivery vehicles, early pick-ups, and to keep the fire lane open. Vehicles arriving early will be encouraged to park and walk to the dismissal area. If necessary, cars can also park and return to the circle at 3:05 or circle the neighborhood until 3:05 p.m.


RCO Meeting April 10, 6:00-7:30 pm.

At the next RCO Meeting, the parent education topic will be the Upper Elementary where I will be sharing about the program. Is your child transitioning to Upper Elementary next year? Are you interested in learning more about your child's current program in Upper Elementary? Join us on Tuesday, April 10th for our last parent education presentation of the year.  Free childcare will be provided.


Volunteer Opportunities

We have three opportunities for you to serve our students and our school as a partner in leadership in the Ridgeline community. RCO Co-Convener and Site Council Representative are both wonderful ways to step up your level of engagement with the community and have a voice in the processes of our school. Would you prefer to not be as involved in planning, but still support the school? RCO will need a minute taker for our meetings next year. Please email RCO@ridgeline.org today to find out more!



Heads Up

Now that flu season is winding down, head lice seem to be crawling around! We highly encourage you to check your kid’s head, especially with Spring Break upon us. The relatives you visit over the break will not be thrilled if you leave them with itchy heads! Please make it a routine to periodically check your child(ren)’s head for nits and live bugs. Lice are tiny brown and gray parasites that can cause itching and scratching, especially in areas of the body that are covered with hair (typically behind the ears, near the scalp, and neck). You will be able to see the tiny lice eggs (called “nits”), which look like grains of sand attached to the hair shafts.


Treatment: Ask your doctor to recommend shampoos, cream or lotion, available over the counter. Clothing and linens need to be washed in very hot water (128.3 degrees Fahrenheit, or 53.5 degrees Celsius). Personal items, toys, home and car must be cleaned or bagged.  For more detailed information, see the website www.kidshealth.org.


The Ridgeline office staff appreciates a courtesy phone call to alert us if your child has lice so that we may work with you to ensure progress is being made to eliminate lice from your life and help to reduce further spread. We ask that you treat your child and pick out all the nits before sending them back to school.  

 


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Tuesday!


 

 

RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Mon, Apr 9            Track Town Pizza Fundraiser

Tue, Apr 10            RCO Meeting 6-7:30 p.m.

Thu, Apr 12                   Sibling Enrollment Paperwork Due

Fri, Apr 13                        Fundraising Committee Meeting 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Wed, Apr 18                Panoramic Photo (weather permitting)

Thu, Apr 19                   Volunteer Appreciation Tea 2:20-3:00 p.m.

Board Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fri, Apr 20                        Lottery Acceptance Deadline


Mary's Weekly Update 2-2-18

posted Feb 2, 2018, 11:52 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Assigned Seats

Welcome to Second Semester!  Students who are not completing 75% or more of their assignments will be given an assigned seat in the classroom.  They will work in that location and not be able to choose their space or work partners (except for assigned group projects) so that they can better focus on their academics.  They may earn back the option of choosing their work space if they complete two consecutive work periods (4 weeks) with 75% or better completion.  If their completion rate drops below 75%, then they will again have an assigned seat.  It would be very helpful during this time if you could ask your student if they completed 3-5 works each day (the guideline we have always given students to help them pace themselves).  Beyond that, students who regularly disrupt others will be given an assigned seat.


Personal Items at School

Many comic books, magazines, and reference books are coming into the classroom!  Please remind your student that they should try to leave personal items at home, as much as possible.  They can (and should) have a book they are reading in class, but they shouldn’t bring in lots of books.   Personal electronics are also restricted, as per school policy.  


Re-enrollment Forms

The electronic re-enrollment form is now available! Let us know your student’s enrollment plan for next year before February 9th.  The re-enrollment form is used for:

  • securing your current student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

  • signing up for sibling preference.   If you have a sibling of a currently enrolled student, who you wish to enroll for the 2018-19 school year, this is how you sign up for sibling preference.  

  • releasing your student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

If you do not plan to attend Ridgeline next year, let us know on the form.  It only takes a few minutes to complete. URL: https://goo.gl/P6X5u4.  


Birthday Bash

February’s Birthday Bash will be held on Friday, February 23rd.  Please feel free to send a snack to share to the classroom on that day.  


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Friday, Feb 9 Re-enrollment Plan (electronic form) Deadline

Saturday, Feb 10 Pre-Lottery Information Session

Friday, Feb 23 Pasta Dinner and DDD Kick-off

Birthday Bash

Thursday, Mar 1 Pre-Lottery Information Session


Dear Ridgeline Families,

The electronic re-enrollment form is now available! Let us know your student’s enrollment plan for next year before February 9th.

The re-enrollment form is used for:

  • securing your current student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

  • signing up for sibling preference.

    • If you have a sibling of a currently enrolled student, who you wish to enroll for the 2018-19 school year, this is how you sign up for sibling preference.  

  • releasing your student’s spot for the 2018-19 school year.

    • If you do not plan to attend Ridgeline next year, let us know on the form.

It only takes a few minutes to complete. URL: https://goo.gl/P6X5u4.  


Mary's Weekly Update 1-18-18

posted Jan 18, 2018, 11:12 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Amazon Community Garden

By now you may have heard your student talking about the Amazon Community Garden that we have set up in the classroom.  This is a scenario that we will be using to explore how communities work together, and as a setting for many of our regular subject lessons, eg. calculate the area of our garden plots (geometry), write a PSA inviting people to apply for a plot (informational and persuasive writing), research which crops to grow (science), etc.  Here is a picture of our basic site.  We will continue to add to this frieze as we continue our scenario.



Personal Items at School

Please remind your student that they should try to leave personal items at home, as much as possible.  They can (and should) have a book they are reading in class, but they shouldn’t bring in lots of books.   Personal electronics are also restricted.  



Lunch Items

The kids are growing like weeds and we have had many requests for items from the pantry (which is fine).  But this might be a good time to have a conversation with your student to see if they need a little bit more in their lunch every day to support their growing bodies.  Also, please ensure that they have the cutlery they need and that any items that need to be cut-up are done so at home since knives (kitchen knives, pocket knives, etc.) are restricted.



Birthday Bash

January’s Birthday Bash will be held on Friday, January 26th.  Please feel free to send a snack to share to the classroom on that day.  


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!


RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


Thursday, Jan 18 6:30pm - 8:30pm Board Meeting

Friday, Jan 26 Re-enrollment Forms Sent Home

5:30pm - 8:30pm Middle School Winter Formal


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